)Mount Agung, an active volcano located on the resort island of Bali that has been placed on alert level 3 following recent seismic activity, is seen from Mataram on nearby Lombok island, Indonesia. (Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/via REUTERS)
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More than 120,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt, an official said Thursday.The exclusion zone around the mountain extends as far as 12 kilometers from the crater in places.Agung, which dominates the landscape in the northeast of the island, last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people.Agung, about 70 kilometers to the northeast of the tourist hotspot of Kuta, is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia.Another volcano, Mount Sinabung on Sumatra, has been erupting sporadically since 2010, sometimes blasting volcanic ash several kilometers into the air and forcing more than 30,000 to evacuate their villages.
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